The Ari'ilden Saga
The First Empire
The First Empire (SA 41 – SA 466) was a trade network that connected the Human, Battleborn, and Halfling cities of the southern half of the Continent with those on the Outlying Chain and the Golden Islands. It was a primarily meritocratic society whose laws were accepted and enforced collectively by the member-cities, but most of these laws had only to do with inter-city trade and militaries, so the member-cities had significant leeway in domestic policy. Issues of racial discrimination and in some regions enslavement of Humans and Vervlokt eventually led to the migration along the Gold Coast and the founding of the Reign of Man near Sion.
The First Empire was founded by Battleborn, returned from the war on the East Continent.